VITA Technologies E-letter - October 2014

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E-letter October 2014
Performance Comparison Between Intel Mobile-Class and Server-Class Processors
By Mercury Systems
Mercury highlights the results from tests comparing Intel mobile-class vs server-class processors.
Autonomous system scenarios
By Jerry Gipper, Editorial Director
The day of unmanned aircraft is already here, and autonomous automobiles and trucks are not too far away. The safety benefits of removing or minimizing the human element and replacing it with technology will far outweigh the disadvantages. The biggest obstacles will be in dealing with the fears and concerns that humans have in letting technology have control of the vehicles.
Pacific Pivot focus accelerates demand for OpenVPX server-class embedded processing
By John Bratton, Mercury Systems
Over the past several years, the Obama administration has indicated it would be changing focus from the Middle East and rebalance, or pivot, toward the Pacific. This "Pacific Pivot" regional strategy will require new roles and missions in "more contested" environments, which means that airborne intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) platforms will be required to operate differently than they have before.
FMCs provide versatility and modularity across multiple platforms
By Justin Moll, VadaTech
The VITA 57 specification defining the FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC) has been adopted since 2008. Today FMCs are commonly used in architectures from VPX to CompactPCI to MicroTCA and more. The versatility of the mezzanine approach allows a broad swath of acceptance in various applications.
Choice of reliability prediction methods
By Jerry Gipper, Editorial Director
The role of a reliability engineer is unbearably difficult in today's age of electronic components, especially when it comes to making solid predictions on component and system failure rates. Over time, reliability has increased but at the same time, many of the tools used to make predictions have decreased in capability. Efforts by VITA members have reversed the deficiency in many of the tools.
Validating the interoperability of VITA 46.11-based system management elements
By Mark Overgaard, Pigeon Point Systems
VITA 46.11 was adopted by the VITA Standards Organization (VSO) as a Draft Standard for Trial Use in November 2013. VITA 46.11 aims to enable the creation and integration of standardized, independently implemented, chassis and plug-in module system management components, reducing integration time and cost, as well as time to theatre.
Chassis management for VPX systems
By Gary Hanson, Elma Electronic
Systems built to VITA standards, such as VME, have relied upon front panel LEDs to indicate fan failure, voltage monitoring, and thermal issues with the boards and chassis. While VME has long been the preferred architecture of the mil/aero industry, as higher speeds and increased reliability became more critical to system operation, it was apparent that these older architectures just wouldn't cut it. VPX, or VITA 46.0, was VITA's answer.
SECTION: Sister Publication Article
Military Embedded Systems magazine
A volatile supply chain: What is in your future?
By Kaye Porter, GDCA
In 2010, the United States stopped being the world's leading high-technology exporter, and as a result more manufacturing now occurs overseas. This shift puts the supply chain for both defense and commercial technology at risk from threats that designers have limited control over, such as natural disasters, obsolescence, and counterfeit electronics.

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SECTION: New Products
Artesyn Embedded Technologies
Artesyn Embedded Technologies Launches New COTS Fail-Safe System Designed to be Certified to SIL4 for Train Control and Rail Signaling
Save up to $1,000 with Schroff’s Front Panel Express Program
Data Device Corporation (DDC)
Save SWaP-C with High-Density, Multi-Protocol Data Bus Networking XMC & PMC Solutions!
Highland Technology
VME PCI Express Crate Controller for aerospace, industrial, and laboratory applications
Elma Electronic, Inc.
New Optical VPX Backplane from Elma
TEWS Technologies
TEWS TECHNOLOGIES Introduces PMC with 16/8 Channel Isolated Simultaneous Sampling AD/DA
Annapolis Micro Systems
Dual Twelve Bit 2.3 or 1.5 GSps DAC I/O Card
Intel Embedded Innovator
Shrinking Time & Cost for IoT Solutions
Innovative Integration
The FMC-10GE provides two 10 Gb Ethernet ports on a custom FMC module for a powerful, stand-alone, FPGA-based IF transceiver
The updated Verotec instrument case is better than ever
Development System for Pentek OpenVPX Boards
ALPHI Technology
Ultra-small footprint and lightweight 1553 Data Logger
New 3U and 6U VPX Carrier Cards For PMC or XMC Modules Feature a High-Speed PCI Express Interface
SECTION: Upcoming E-Casts.  An E-cast is a live webcast that may have a single or multiple vendors. E-cast events are used to educate audiences about a problem/solution, from the vendor's perspective. The presentation is typically 45 minutes in duration with a 15-minute moderated Q&A session.
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Virtualization Redefined: Carrier-Grade Embedded Linux Virtualization with Docker

October 28th 2:00 PM EDT
Presented by: MontaVista Software

Managing Avionics Safety Certification in UAS Platforms

November 19th 2:00 PM EST
Presented by: AdaCore, DDC-I, IBM

Managing SWaP in ISR Systems

December 4th 2:00 PM EST
Presented by: Advanced Cooling Technologies, Curtiss-Wright, GE Intelligent Platforms, TE Connectivity
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